December 9, 2016 AsktheBuilder Newsletter

This is a quick Friday blast.

I’m in California and my body is still on East Coast time. I’ve been up for nearly an hour and a half and it’s just 5:25 am here as I type this.

Yesterday, my youngest daughter Kelly and I went on an exciting canopy tour through giant redwood trees at the Mt. Hermon Adventure center very close to Santa Cruz, CA.

There are six zip lines that are part of the adventure. It was raining, cool and we were the only people out on the course. Our guides, Josh and April, were amazing and kept us safe the entire time.

Wait until you see me hang out over the edge of one of the platforms that are well over 100 feet in the air and I let go of the lanyards that are attached to the steel cable. GULP!

I HIGHLY recommend going here if you’re within easy striking distance of Santa Cruz, CA. I’ll have a FULL STORY for you when I get back to New Hampshire and can upload the Go Pro video we shot of the thrilling time up in the canopy!

Best Romance Novel EVER

Every Christmas I try to tell you about the best romance novel I’m aware of. It’s perfect for small kids as it teaches them all about loyalty and love.

Do you have grandchildren? Do you have your own young kids?

Are you looking for a delightful Christmas gift idea for a young child?

Then get her or him the book I still have. My mom got this for me years ago, and everything in the book is relevant to what’s going on in today’s throw-away world!

What is this magical book?

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

The illustrations in this book are timeless.

CLICK HERE to order a hard-bound copy that will delight that young urchin for many years.

Electric Heat

I’m about to write a column on heating with electricity. This time of year, I get lots of questions about it.

First, using electricity at your home to create heat is 100 percent efficient – meaning all the electricity passing into the heater gets converted to heat. Nothing disappears up a chimney.

If your electric rates are high, it’s costly.

If you are by yourself and you just want to be warm and you don’t really care about the air temperature in a room, then a radiant electric heater is best.

But realize they can cause fires as the heating element gets quite hot.

I’ll have more about this soon when I get back to New Hampshire.

Do you NEED a heating contractor to give you a FREE bid right now to keep your house warm? CLICK the graphic ad just to the right and under my daughter Meghan’s photo above!

New Columns for You

Have you ever wondered why your house doesn’t collapse when the wind blows?

CLICK HERE do discover WHY.

Is it SAFE to drink water from a gas line that’s been converted to a water supply line?

CLICK HERE to see what I’d do. I’ve been a master plumber for over 35 years.

Okay, time to go. My oldest daughter Meghan is up and it’s time to visit with her before Kelly and I head off to the Hearst Castle this afternoon!

I’ll be back with lots of photos and other treats soon!

Tim Carter

Founder –

Do It Right, Not Over!


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